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Stained Deck Project Before & After

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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I just love when my online clients send me after photos to share. Thank you Marsha! I have worked with Marsha on many paint and decorating projects, interior and exterior, in her home the last couple of years. We did a project last year where I helped Marsha choose a new paint color for her front door and accessories for a beautiful new entry:

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Her latest project was fixing up the back and transforming the deck. She asked if I would help choose a stain color that would work well with the siding:

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At first, she asked for a brown color suggestion that you typically see on decks. But I told her I would try a paint color with a little more personality. I had given her a few sample colors to try and Martha and her husband decided Benjamin Moore Sparrow AF-720 was the winner! I also suggested using the Sparrow for the door and windows to bring it all together.

Here is the after:

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So pretty! Amazing transformation. Here was the deck in the beginning:

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During:

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And the completed deck project:

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What a huge difference! The deck looks more updated and the space they have now is amazing! Don’t you think they did a great job? Love it!

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Update: Connie asked about the stain and Marsha wrote this:

“I just read your blog. You did a wonderful presentation of our deck re-do! We are very happy with the paint color choice. You were spot on when you suggested the Sparrow. The Benjamin Moore product that we used is called:
ARBORCOAT Solid Deck and Siding Stain (640)

It is available in any BM color.

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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My Autumn Decorated Porch

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Looking at all of the beautiful inspirational Fall photos here, here and here, I felt motivated to decorate my own porch:

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I used the same wreath from last year I made here. In one photo, I saw a pretty white pumpkin with a black monogram. She had used a decal sticker for her pumpkin, which I could not find in large alphabet letters anywhere! But I like my ‘B’ I found:

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Can you tell up close which is the real pumpkins and which are faux? Shhhhhh..Picking out the cornstalk was the best. Look, it still has corn on it!:

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I might add an up light behind the cornstalk. That would look really nice at night!

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Have you started decorating for Autumn? I know it is a bit early, but I was supposed to leave for Chicago tomorrow to visit my sisters and I was just planning ahead. I was looking so forward to it. Unfortunately, my trip was cancelled today but that is another story.

I am Linking Up with Serenity Now Link Party. Please join us for more great ideas!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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More Fall Decorating Ideas & Inspiration

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

I have seen a lot of beautiful Fall decorations in the past week and wanted to share some of these inspiring ideas with you:

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So simple and beautiful!

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They all seem fairly simple to make. You just have to find the time to collect everything you need, then let your creativity take over!

Look how gorgeous:

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I stopped by my local farm stand today and they were starting to fill in this hut with pumpkins again:

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Happy Fall everyone! I hope I have shown you some ideas you can use for your Fall decorating. I see a couple great ideas I am going try on my porch!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Fun Idea For Unused Birdbath

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

I was at the garden center yesterday and I thought this was such a wonderful idea:

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Love it! Such a imaginative idea for a birdbath that is not being used:

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I showed you the Fairy Garden I was impressed with the other day at Art In Bloom:

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Which I really liked, but the tiny garden within a birdbath- LOVE! What a great project to do with the kids also. Just find an old birdbath that you are not using because of leaking, etc.

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Another great use for a birdbath is as a planter:

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A Birdbath! So beautiful for the yard. The height of the birdbath just brings it up a notch. Think of all the vignettes you can make in your garden with plants layered at different levels:

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What do you think of the idea of using a birdbath for a garden? I have been inspired. I am going bargain hunting this weekend to find an old birdbath to make my own little garden. If it comes out nice, I will share. :)

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend everyone! Have fun and be safe.

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